Orthodox puritans and dissenting bishops: the reformation of the english episcopate, CA. 1580-1610

Harmes, Marcus (2008) Orthodox puritans and dissenting bishops: the reformation of the english episcopate, CA. 1580-1610. Comitatus: a Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 39. pp. 199-218. ISSN 0069-6412

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Abstract

The reformed English Church retained its bishops and its episcopal hierarchy. Yet contemporary evidence reveals perceptions of English bishops as being withholders of Protestant reform and punishers and persecutors of those churchmen who actively advocated further reform of the Church of England. In a challenge to these impressions, this paper surveys the writings of Sir John Harington and Josias Nichols, the first a layman and the second a deprived minister and both interpreters of the reformed English episcopate. An interrogation of their texts that both writers identified dissent which emanated from within the reformed episcopate of the Church of England; Nichols in particular asserted his loyalty to the Church of England at the same time that he had dissented from it, using the names and precedents of reformed bishops to argue away accusations of dissent. In examining the responses of Harington and Nichols to the episcopate, this article accounts for the exercise of episcopal authority which was explicitly reformed and Protestant, a point revealed by Harington's emphasis on the episcopal responsibility for enacting religious reform and Nichols's account of bishops who sheltered dissenters and encouraged reform of the Church.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Dr Marcus Harmes
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2011 07:09
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 06:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: english bishops; Church of England; John Harington; Josias Nichols
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19860

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